By Paola Pizzuto Osteopath Edinburgh
Lower back pain is probably one of the most common health complaints.
Are you one of those people that seem to have a back that always ‘goes out’ on you for no apparent reason? Or, have you experienced lower back pain on and off for several years and, despite the repeated treatments, painkillers, or exercises it does not want to go away? Have you gone to all the stretching or core classes you could find, but none of these seem to really address the problem?
I will never be tired of repeating that pain, wherever it is in the body, is only an alarm bell; it’s the way our body communicates to us that something is out of balance! Pain is a wonderful guide that is given to us to provide us with some feedback so that we can take action to correct the problem before it gives us further complications.
As described in my previous article: it is impossible to draw a clear boundary between organ systems and biochemical vs. nutritional vs. structural (muscular skeletal system included) vs. neurologic processes. Body structures and their functions are highly interconnected. And the fact that you have lower back pain doesn’t necessarily mean that the back is where the problem is.
Yes, it is true that people who lack stability, mobility, balance, and flexibility in their ankles, knees, and hips may ultimately develop lower back pain due to structural imbalances that cause the lower back to bear excessive or unevenly distributed force.
And, yes, it is true that if you have poor flexibility and mobility in your back, you might experience lower back pain. But where do these structural imbalances come from?
Here are some of the most obvious sources:
Do you suffer from one of these?
Many people consider the above symptoms as “normal” and something to put up with. Contrarily to common belief, these are signals that the body is sending out, trying to tell you that you are “off balance” and that your body needs help. These are symptoms that you do not have to put up with. You can feel better.
When I see patients, my aim is to get to the root of their health problems and treat them accordingly so that, not only the lower back pain goes away, but their overall health improves too.
For instance, one of the major problems that most people don’t consider is that constipation leads to toxicity and inflammation. In fact, anything that causes toxicity or inflammation can lead to lower back or sciatica pain.
As described in my Ebook that you can download for free, inflammation is a vital part of the body’s immune response. It is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury; defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria; and repair damaged tissue.
However, if there is a chronic infection or source of inflammation within the body, the inflammatory process itself becomes problematic. If there is systemic inflammation, the body will break down at its weakest point, which for many is the lower back.
When looking at the source of systemic inflammation, the answer is often found in the gastrointestinal system. Gastrointestinal hyperpermeability (a.k.a. leaky gut syndrome) may actually lead to systemic inflammation. Gastrointestinal hyperpermeability leads to undigested food peptides leaking into the circulation, which causes a subclinical autoimmune and systemic inflammatory reaction, often leading to lower back pain, brain fog, tiredness, joints pain, headaches, etc.
Some other common causes of inflammation are:
“…I have in the past tried many health professionals including physiotherapists, podiatrists, etc but I think I was very lucky to find a therapist who was able to offer an alternative therapy, which has suited me so well.
I would recommend Paola to anyone who like me has had an ongoing injury or health issue which does not seem to be responding to treatments already tried.”
For an individualized, root-cause approach to your lower back pain, get in touch to discuss how I can help you.
Paola Pizzuto, Registered Osteopath
Paola Pizzuto is a registered Osteopath in Edinburgh with a commitment and dedication for helping people to achieve better health.
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Tai Chi is a gentle exercise with enormous health benefits and has been part of Chinese culture for centuries. Sometimes described as "meditation in motion," it could well be called "medication in motion" as there is growing evidence in the West that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has great value in treating or preventing many health problems. Of course the health benefits have been known for centuries in China and the great thing is you can get started straightaway, even if you wouldn’t consider yourself fit or in the best of health.
Tai Chi (sometimes written Tai Qi) is a slow-motion exercise that takes you through a series of movements with wonderful names hinting at their ancient source like "white crane spreads its wings"; or martial art moves such as "box both ears". As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention on the sensation within the movements.
Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, and the joints are not fully extended, bent, stretched or strained. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone - from the most fit and able, to those confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.
At the Healthy Life Centre we have Ali Blaikie who is a 3rd Duan Wei instructor of Chen Tai Chi and Qigong, who runs classes on Tuesday evenings and other energy cultivating classes and workshops. He can be contacted directly at www.facebook.com/Breakthroughcombat for bookings and enquiries or through the Centre: email@example.com and
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“…after months of agony I was pain free…”
What constitutes a miracle? Something completely unexpected? You be the judge. Here is the experience of someone who recently came to the Healthy Life Centre for Acupuncture to relieve back pain.
“A few months ago I injured my back and the pain was unbelievable. I suffered this for a couple of months after visiting my GP (who only gave me pain killers) and so I thought about trying acupuncture. At my first consultation Tom asked me lots of questions about my health and then it was time for the acupuncture, gulp! After a few minutes I asked him when he was going to start and he laughed and said, "I'm nearly finished". Ha ha! I hadn't felt the needles going in and after 20 minutes they were removed. Tom asked me to sit up and gently stretch my back. Oh I was so scared incase it was painful but it was ok! When I got off the treatment couch, I could squat, stretch and bend my legs, with no pain and lots of mobility. One session?! I couldn't believe it. I was so overwhelmed I started to cry - after months of agony I was pain free and have been pain free ever since!” (S. Grant, Edinburgh)
If you’d like to find out more about Acupuncture in Edinburgh, then please feel free to contact the Healthy Life Centre or our acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist Tom Lawrence and find out how Acupuncture can help your back pain and many other problems.
Wishing you good health!
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Forest Bathing sounds a bit like a new bath salt but it’s actually the practice of spending time in nature for relief of the stresses of modern living. In Japan, where it is a recognised therapeutic practice called Shinrin-yoku, Forest Bathing has over 30 official sites designated by Japan’s Forest Agency and you can even have a free medical check-up amidst the towering trees!
Of course we feel the effects instinctively when we take a walk in nature - it makes us feel good, and living in Scotland we are fortunate to have access to incredible countryside. And not that we need convincing but science has confirmed this through numerous studies that show being in nature lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels (stress hormones), and has many other benefits to health and wellbeing.
One researcher on forest bathing, Yoshifumi Miyazaki, from Chiba University says, “We were made to fit a natural environment. So we feel stress in an urban area. When we are exposed to nature, our bodies go back to how they should be.”
However if you can’t head for the woods an alternative is close at hand - you can experience similar benefits to wellbeing and health at the Healthy Life Centre in Edinburgh – home to restorative massage, reflexology, acupuncture, shiatsu, yoga, pilates, tai chi, reiki, chi gung and much more.
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